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And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are??
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been ...
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And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?…
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move…
Posted April 27, 2001
Anne Geddes has created a most rewarding book to view, to read, and to savor in Little Thoughts with Love. She starts with a sampling of all her best baby photographs, adds a tender quote to match each one, and portrays these words and images on facing pages on great paper with oversized spreads appropriate for this purpose. If you only buy one Anne Geddes book, I suggest that it be this one. Ms. Geddes is famous for transforming the little bundles of joy into imaginary creatures and plants. Little Thoughts with Love has the full gamut of her stylings. You will find babies as fairies, angels, teeny preemies in oversized hands, loved bundles being cuddled by adults, inspects, birds, flowers, and in twin, triplet, and larger combinations. Most of the images contain elaborate compositions and backdrops. Yet some are almost abstract in their simplicity. The more elaborate works are in blazing colors while the simpler, almost abstract ones are in black and white. A few are in black and white with a small number of elements hand-colored in. Despite the variation in technique, these are all symbolic of how we see and think about babies from our adult perspectives. The quotes are almost all ones that you have read before. One of the benefits of them is to provide Ms. Geddes's take on what the images mean to her. That made the quotes much more like a mini-essay. I liked the book's layout because it had lots of negative space on the left-hand side for the quotes. This also added negative space for the right-hand side images. The way the photographs bleed to the edges of the page creates a natural framing of the space beyond the book. The design works well. After you read and enjoy this book, I suggest that you think about the ways that babies express our own aspirations rather than their own realities. If you were to make your own baby portraits, how could you elevate babies even more than Ms. Geddes does? After enjoying all of those image-making thoughts, what actually is the natural reality of a baby? How can that best be expressed in a realistic, rather than a symbolic way? Next, consider how we look to babies. How would they make images of us? See, think, see, and think some more. The learning is in the iterations that go beyond what you have seen and thought before! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2000